Kingdom of Ash

Sarah J. Maas’s final book in the Throne of Glass series is set to be released on October 23, 2018. If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you know that I am just a little obsessed with this series, and now it will be all coming to an end! While I am excited to see what happens to my favorite characters, I am also sad to see them go. Luckily, I can jump back into their stories any time I want when I reread the series.

Sarah J. Maas has been developing this series since she was sixteen years old. She had originally posted a version of the first novel — originally titled Queen of Glass — on the website FictionPress.com before the publishing company, Bloomsbury, picked it up. Maas had a gigantic online following which brought her writing to Bloomsbury’s attention. Throne of Glass was published on August 7, 2012 and was inspired in part by Disney’s Cinderella. Anticipating the release of the first novel, Bloomsbury also released eBook editions of the four prequel novels, which you can download from the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s deadliest assassin, as she is plucked from her enslavement by the Crown Prince of Adarlan himself, Dorian Havilliard. Dorian summons her to the castle to fight as his champion in his father’s competition to become the King’s Champion, or the king’s own personal assassin. She must compete with twenty-three other champions from all kinds of backgrounds to win. Meanwhile, something dark and evil is stalking the palace and champions are turning up dead. It’s up to Celaena to discover what’s killing the competitors before she winds up dead herself.

The first book in this series is just the beginning; it becomes clear throughout the rest of the series that something even more sinister is taking place, and Celaena’s journey to win her freedom is simply the catalyst. You’ll find witches, giant spiders, wyverns, magic, royalty, secret identities, and love peppering this action-packed series that will keep you guessing until the very last page of each installment. I honestly don’t know how the series is going to end, which stresses me out a little.

You still have a little bit of time to read or reread the six books already in the series before the seventh, Kingdom of Ash, is released on October 23, 2018. The Aurora Public Library District does own several physical copies of some of the books, but the entire seriesincluding the prequels — is available to download from the Indiana Digital Download Center. You can also request the books through Interlibrary Loan by filling in the form online, calling, or stopping by one of the desks. You might want to put your name on the list for the seventh book, too, to reserve your spot as quickly as you can! Call the library or stop by one of the desks today!

Happy Reading!

Series Starters: Throne of Glass

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas has been on my to-read list for a year now, but I had been putting it off because I was skeptical. I thought it would be another typical YA series with yet another heroine destined to save the world, overthrow the government, and fall in love all at the same time. And while these elements are the bare bones of the plot, I was not prepared for the whirlwind that was the first book in this series.

Celaena Sardothien is the world’s most notorious assassin — or, at least, she was until she was captured and imprisoned as a slave a year ago. An unlikely offer from Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard pulls her out of the depths of slavery and launches her into a competition to become the King’s Champion, where she must defeat twenty-three other infamous assassins, thieves, and soldiers to regain her freedom. However, what Celaena thought would be a run-of-the mill test of her wits and strength quickly becomes something more sinister. Evil is lurking in the castle and something is killing off the competitors one by one. Now it’s up to Celaena to find whatever monster it is that is killing her competition, survive a tyrannical king who has brutally conquered most of the countries on the continent, allow her new acquaintances close enough to be friends, and become the King’s Champion so she can be free again.

This is a slower read to get into as Maas draws readers to her characters first, allowing the action to pick up during the second half of the novel. I was invested in Celaena almost from the start because Maas does such a great job of closing her off from everyone around her, even the reader; I was as frustrated as Dorian and Chaol when she shuts down and refuses to talk about her past! There are still unanswered questions at the end of the novel, so it’s a good thing that there are four other books following the first as well, as well as the sixth and seventh books being published in September 2017 and May 2018, respectively.

The Aurora Public Library District has the five existing novels available from the Indiana Digital Download Center as well as a couple hard copies of some of the books available for check out today. Also available from the Indiana Digital Download Center are prequel novellas from the Throne of Glass universe that can be checked out as well.

It looks like I’ll be absorbed in this series for awhile, but I don’t think I mind. I’ll just be over here, impatiently awaiting the release of the final two novels!

Happy Reading!